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May 11, 2008
Book report

The best advice usually comes from people who have “been there, done that” and who are honest enough to tell you what you don’t want — or expect — to hear.

In The House Always Wins (Da Capo Press; $25; hardcover), Marni Jameson says that creating the ideal home isn’t easy, even for a home-design columnist such as herself. She also tells readers that among other things, she wants her house to look better than her neighbor’s.

By detailing real-life scenarios and experiences, Jameson shares her point of view in a humorous yet straightforward fashion, telling readers about the inescapable annoyances of the process. She offers how-to tips, design options, strategies, time-saver pointers and expert advice on common remodeling issues.

Though you won’t find photos in the book, the funny interactions with her spouse, irritated neighbors and others provide enough color for you to keep turning the pages.

Compiled and written by Martha Phifer. She can be reached at 407-420-5259 or mphifer@orlandosentinel.com.

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